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Senior Quality Manager



Administration, Quality Assurance
Emeryville, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 3, 2023

We’re on a journey to Grow the Future of Materials. How? By unlocking the unique properties of mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms. Our patented technology, Fine Mycelium™, unleashes a new class of materials crafted from nature, engineered for performance, and built for a resilient future.We’re seeking passionate learners to join us in pioneering a materials revolution and creating an epic place to work. MycoWorks offers competitive equity and benefits programs to support the health, well-being, and financial empowerment of all our employees.We root our relationships with our partners and one another in our core values: Be Mycelial, Cultivate Quality, and Grow the Future, and we're committed to building a diverse team and an inclusive environment where all employees belong. Women, gender-expansive individuals, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Summary

MycoWorks is seeking a person to fill the role of Senior Quality Manager. This person will be responsible for managing the Emeryville Quality team, which is constituted of 3 pillars : Crust quality, Environmental monitoring and Biotechnology quality. With the support of his team, the Senior Quality Manager will be designing and implementing site-wide Quality Testing, Environmental Monitoring, Microbiological and quality data strategies in support of the Emeryville pilot plant. This group will be responsible for the quality method developments that will be rolled out into other sites.

The person will be expected to design and manage the quality processes for the site, including internal and external partners.. The role will require the ability to track and trend performance to plan. This role supports all functions of the organization including Manufacturing and Technology Development and requires a close collaboration with the Product team. The role reports to the VP of Quality.


  • Directly manage 3 direct reports respectively responsible for crust quality, environmental monitoring and biotechnology monitoring, this includes direct mentoring and coaching of all team members
  • Define, develop, establish, run, and maintain the Quality functions including: Quality testing, EM, Micro and quality data systems
  • Collaborate with leadership on strategies related to quality, the further expansion of the Quality department and laboratory systems
  • Prioritize activities and allocate resources in accordance with quality strategy
  • Lead the facilitation and coordination of quality suppliers, lab supplies, capital equipment and lab layout and expansion.
  • Participate in the supply chain loss allocation process to set standards for savings and simplification processes across the network
  • Establish cleanliness standards and protocols to maintain a high level of sanitation throughout the production process
  • Lead development of a risk management based approach to standards and systems development,support contracts and agreements and sourcing
  • Lead establishment of supplier qualification process and manages and assess vendor’s performance and reports operational metrics (KPIs) to senior management, as well as any regulatory reporting requirements related to production and quality activities
  • Lead scoping and prioritization of improvement projects and future implementations, participate in the scoping and quoting of projects
  • Lead and prioritize quality based problem solving modeling and related analyses / mathematical modeling of large data sets
  • Troubleshoot quality-related plant issues as they come up and lead an action plan to address the problem (eg : infection)


  • BS/MS in Quality or quality related fields (Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology)
  • At least 10 years’ experience through increasing levels of quality management experience
  • At least 5 years’ experience directly managing reports
  • Experience across finished product, raw material systems, method development, microbiology and manufacturing based quality with five plus years managing a quality team
  • Experience participating in the development of opportunity assessments and loss analysis across the quality function to reduce spend and complexity
  • Experience managing vendor relationships and will coordinating work with others, both internally and externally
  • Experience completing and maintain yearly vendor evaluations
  • Build and execute strategic quality policies, practices, and systems
  • Experience developing laboratory planning models for materials, human resources and complex quality release systems required
  • Experience in vendor oversight and managing external partnerships and relations
  • Professional quality certification a plus: ASQ, ISO, Six Sigma, Certified Manager of Quality certification
  • In-depth knowledge / experience with life science environmental monitoring management a plus
  • Manage multiple priorities simultaneously, have a strong drive - results focused
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to provide data-based insights and observations
  • Detail oriented with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Desire to grow and take on increased scope of responsibility
  • Ability to build, train, recruit team members as needed

Our job titles may span more than one career level. The targeted base pay for this role is $142,000 - $150,000 . The actual pay is dependent on other factors such as training, skills, work experience and business needs. The target pay range is subject to change and may be modified. This role is also eligible for benefits and equity.


MycoWorks offers world class benefits and compensation programs to support the health, well-being and financial empowerment of our employees. Our benefits include:

  • Medical, Vision and Dental plans at no cost to employees
  • Equity
  • Optional insurance coverage for partners and dependents
  • FSA Accounts
  • Free Personal Health Advocate
  • Generous PTO policy
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid holidays beyond the traditional
  • 401(k) program

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